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The pool

Hec Ed Pavilion "Husky" Pool is located just north of Husky Stadium and east of Hec Ed Arena off Montlake Ave. It is a 6-lane, 25-yard pool with deep end starting blocks. Prior to the contruction of the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center for the 1990 Goodwill Games, Husky Pool was the epicenter for high level swimming competition in the Seattle area. The pool hosted the 1948 and 1961 NCAA Championships and the Washington High School state meet for many years. It's still a great place to practice! The locker rooms have day-use lockers. Padlocks are available from the lifeguards or bring your own lock. The showers are hot and have great water pressure.


From 520:

take the Montlake exit and head north along Montlake Ave.

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Here is a map of the pool's location in relation to Husky Stadium.

Map of Pool


Pay parking is available in the University lots off Montlake Avenue (such as lot E1 or metered lots in front of the IMA or near lot E8. You cannot park in lot E9 (right in front of the pool) unless you are a student/faculty/staff of UW (which would allow you to purchase a permit). Free on-street parking is available in the neighborhood south of the Montlake Bridge if you don't mind a ten minute or so walk. Normally, Sunday parking anywhere on campus is free, but sometimes athletic events will charge for parking; check the UW athletic events calendar if you're thinking about driving here:

Alternate transportation

Walk. Put one foot in front of the other and move in the general direction of the pool. This may require some practice, but soon enough you will find yourself able to move freely without assistance of a vehicle.

Bus. There are a number of convenient busses you can take to get to the pool. Many swimmers will bus to the UW Medical Center, UW campus, Montlake Freeway Station (across the Montlake Bridge), or Campus Parkway and walk to the pool. For more information, see the Metro Transit website.

Bike. Many swimmers bike to the pool. However, there is a new UW rule that does not allow bikes inside buildings, so your bike can't relax on deck while you swim. Remember to bring a bike lock, and you can lock your bike up at several locations right outside the pool entrance.

Paddle. Located just off Lake Washington, you could paddle to practice from just about anywhere on the lake. If you really wanted to.